Watershed festival brings Bently, Shelton & Lambert to the Gorge

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The lineup for the inaugural Watershed Festival was announced this morning and it features a mixture of country music superstars, newcomers and local country acts.

The three-day festival, which will take place Aug. 3-5, will include headliners Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert as well as sets by Dwight Yokam, Brantley Gilbert, Tracy Lawrence,Kix Brooks, Sara Evans, Thompson Square  and many others on the main stage. Some performers on the local stage will include Guerrilla Candy favorites Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Vince Mira, The Dusty 45s and the Supersuckers performing as “Supersuckers Country.” The full lineup is below.

The festival is being produced by Live Nation and promoter Brian O’Connell, who is president of Live Nation’s country division and six-time winner of the CMA for promoter of the year. He said the following to Billboard Magazine when discussing the festival:

“Watershed is an idea that we have been kicking around for a number of years. The Pacific Northwest is a real special place in our country. I’ve been doing shows up there at the Gorge for years, and Jeff Trisler, my partner at Live Nation and I got to talking about it, and we finally made the call six to eight months ago. I think it will be one of the most unique festivals that we have. We’re not trying to be anything more than Watershed. It’s going to have its’ own unique signature. It’s got the beauty of the Gorge, and the Columbia River. It’s something that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.”

Tickets for the Watershed festival cost $90 for a three-day pass and go on sale 10 a.m. on May 5 at TicketMaster.

Watershed lineup:

Dierks Bentley/Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton/Dwight Yokam/Brantley Gilbert/Tracy Lawrence/Kix Brooks/Sara Evans/Thompson Square/Johnny Reid/Steve Holy/The Lost Trailers/Dee Jay Silver/Thomas Rgett/Unkle Kracker/Morgan Frazier/Jon Pardi/Reckless Kelly/Supersuckers Country/Brent Amaker and the Rodeo/The Dusty 4s/Vince Mira/Guns of Nevada/One More Girl/Aces Up/Rae Solomon/Pauline Jayne/Lock, Stock and Barrel


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, Crosscut.com and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.